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Review of Knowledge Exchange in the Mathematical Sciences - Panel Nomination Open!



Not least due to REF, the need for the UK mathematical science research community to engage in knowledge exchange (KE, also known as ''impact'') is paramount. The recent Deloitte report also showed the importance of the mathematical sciences to the UK economy. Yet the landscape is becoming more confused with many agents, departments, and bodies having overlapping remits, albeit with small budgets compared to many other STEM areas.

Not least through the Study Groups with Industry and the KTN for Industrial Mathematics, the UK is often thought to lead the world in mathematics KE, yet at present these particular activities don't receive any persistent long-term support.

There is the potential for fundamental mathematical research to be caught in the credibility gap compared with 'The Eight Great Technologies"; quantum, Big Data etc. There is also the problem that, compared with other STEM disciplines, mathematics impacts are often less tangible than in other areas where products or technologies are 'spun out'.


Aims of the Review

This review should act as a roadmap for:

  • the community of practitioners and users
  • funders (public and private)
  • the Government 

About the Independent Chair

Professor Philip Bond is a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and a visiting Professor in the departments of Computer Science and Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol. He was recently a lead expert for the Government Office for Science Foresight report ‘The future of computer trading in financial markets’. He was elected member of the Council for Science and Technology (CST) by the Prime Minister in 2014.

Expressions of Interest to sit on Panel

** Nominations close at 11:59pm Monday 10th October **

The Steering Committee (EPSRC, KTN and others) are accepting expressions of interest to be on this panel  - questions in the surveymonkey.

  • The review will be supported by the KTN and EPSRC, with both organisation providing in-kind office support.
  • The review would be conducted by a panel of approximately six people who have an understanding of knowledge exchange both within the mathematical sciences as well as its wider context.
  • The independent chair will add weight to the final report through their reputation and ability to influence policy makers to enact the recommendations.
  • The review panel should aim to complete its business within a year, perhaps meeting physically on about 4 or 5 occasions.

** Nominations close at 11:59pm Monday 10th October **


Role of Panel Members

  1. To collect evidence from UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), funders, knowledge exchange experts, learned societies, research institutes and research users both in the public and private sector on the current state of knowledge exchange activities in the mathematical sciences.
  2. To seek examples of best practice for mathematical sciences knowledge exchange from within and outside the UK.
  3. To consider and review models for support, incentivising, promoting and providing governance of knowledge transfer activities for the mathematical sciences.
  4. To explore similarities and differences in the operation of knowledge exchange in the mathematical sciences in comparison with other STEM subjects.
  5. To establish a roadmap for knowledge exchange in the mathematical sciences and to make recommendations to stakeholders.
  6. To disseminate findings widely and to summarise these findings in a public report.


Panel Member Selection Process

** Nominations close at 11:59pm Monday 10th October **

An effective panel will likely be comprised of members with relevant expertise / experience from academia, KE professionals, business & Government. As such, we will be selecting panel members based on the following criteria:

1.     Track record in their area of expertise

2.     Ability to take a strategic overview.

3.     Interest in KE.

4.     Commitment to actively participate over the duration of the review.

5.     Willingness to engage the community.


Link to Nominate: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/N5B9C3Y


** Nominations close at 11:59pm Monday 10th October **

6.     Willingness to cooperate and communicate only and accept alternative viewpoints.

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